There are many good and bad things in Mormon history. Some people leave the Church over these issues. John Larsen of the Sunstone Podcast puts Rick on the hot seat and asks why he stays in the LDS Church.
John: So why are you still Mormon?
Rick: (Chuckling) So you know, at Sunstone they have that, Why I Stay series.
John: It’s the most popular session.
Rick: In my case, I would say, and I think Claudia Bushman said this, so I can’t claim credit for it. But why would I leave? I mean, there’s a lot about the LDS Church that I love. I love a lot of the theology. I’m not a fan of polygamy. I love the Book of Mormon. I believe Joseph Smith was a prophet. My Dan Vogel [interview], we got into the first vision narratives. Are there some problems? Absolutely. There are some problems. Are there problems with polygamy? Absolutely. Are there problems with Mountain Meadows massacre? Absolutely. But everybody has problems. There’s no perfect church. There never was, never has been. I know John Hamer has said, “If you were to start the perfect church today, tomorrow, you’d make a mistake, and it wouldn’t be perfect anymore.” So, I think that’s kind of how I feel. My Church isn’t perfect. I know that. The imperfect parts are the stuff that interests me. (Chuckling)
Rick: But it’s a good church. There’s good values. I believe in the restoration. So why would I leave?
We talk about other issues, like how Rick handles Mountain Meadows Massacre, polygamy, and other issues. Check out our conversation….